We haven't had as many opportunities to create rivalries over the years. Sure, there's always the Packers, Vikings, and Bears, who are division rivals, but we don't have a team whose game we circle on the calendar. We may be playing the Bears on MNF, and I would currently consider them our biggest rival, mainly due to the city rivalry of Detroit and Chicago (each of the four major sports has the Detroit and a Chicago team in the same division). But the Bears wouldn't consider us their biggest rival, that would be the Packers. Thus, we must look elsewhere. Great rivalries usually begin in the playoffs. The Bulls-Pistons rivalry of the late 80's/early 90's was due to the fact that both teams played high-caliber basketball and would usually have the conference championship on the line. The Avalanche-Wings rivalry was the same. The Lions really haven't had the playoff experience to develop a rivalry such as the Colts and Patriots, who play in different divisions but still see each other every year because of the way NFL scheduling works, with there also being the possibility of the two teams meeting in the AFC championship. The biggest reason they are rivals, though, is because they feature the two best QB's in the league, whose names I don't even need to mention. The two teams are very similar. Which brings me to my point. Is there a team that is similar to Detroit, with a somewhat similar history, significant players at similar positions, who we play quite often? There's a team I'm implying here.
Think about it. Class of '09 QB. Class of '10 DT and RB. Both teams are on the rise. Both teams had two division rivals in the playoffs last year. Both teams are poised to make the playoffs this year. Both teams have had winless seasons in the past. The Lions snapped their away losing streak against the Bucs. I think it takes a not-so-clean hit by Fairley on Freeman or LeGarrette Blount punching Louis Delmas to start a little bit of bad blood between us two and to start one of the premier rivalries of the '10s. What do you think?